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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Jun 6, 2012 8:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home Before Daylight

" It seems trendy around here to believe 1983 was the year Jerry started doping up"

I agree. That seems to be a good choice for the year that a lot of people believe heroin started to "actually affect Jerry's playing." As I said, Parish seems to place it about 4 years earlier. I'll have to study on that a little further.

In the book, Parish differentiates between heroin and "Persian". He calls Persian "smoking the rat." I took away that the rat, "a Persian-based morphine sulfate" (Parish p. 196), was to heroin what DMT was to acid, but that's just a feeling of mine.

"[Early spring 1977,] I can hear that in the darkness of the music from that time period. Its very interesting stuff, but it sounds really dark and druggy- not psychedelic druggy at all."
To me, that late 77 through 78 sound, but especially Feb & Mar 78, has a heavy, thunderous sound that I would equate with increased cocaine use. Listen to the Uni-Dome on DP 18.
Of course, I believe the super-long, pre-hiatus shows were fueled with cocaine but I don't believe they were jaded then and that's why you have they are long, jazzy, never-goin'-to-end shows.

"Wasn't that about the same time (late 70's) that Eric Clapton and Pete Townsend were publicly battling the heroin bug?"
I was thinking EC was done with heroin before then; wikipedia seems to confirm:
"Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert is an album recorded live at London's Rainbow Theatre on January 13, 1973, and released within the year. The concert was organized by Pete Townshend[1] and marked Eric Clapton's comeback after the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. In the year after the Rainbow Concert, Clapton recovered from his heroin addiction and recorded 461 Ocean Boulevard."
(Confirming with wikipedia seems a lot like kissing your sister. I've heard.)

Thanks for your thoughts; I think you make a Lotta Sense.


Something to chew on:
Parish says he was on stage fixing some of Bobby's gear on 1983-09-03 when the call came through that his daughter Jennifer was born. But they played Park City, Utah on 1983-09-04:
http://archive.org/details/gd1983-09-04.sbd.miller.117185.flac16

Enjoy,
Judge TOOTMO

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jun 7, 2012 1:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home Before Daylight

"To me, that late 77 through 78 sound, but especially Feb & Mar 78, has a heavy, thunderous sound that I would equate with increased cocaine use. Listen to the Uni-Dome on DP 18."

This is my take as well, and why I can only listen to '78 in relatively limited doses. That nervous energy starts to bug me after a while. I don't care what they were doing in 73 and 74, because it was obviously working ...

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Jun 6, 2012 11:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home Before Daylight

I remember Parish was on stage fixing Bobby's gear at that Park City show. He sat crouching on the stage for the last few songs holding some cable connection together...you can see him kneeling there in this picture:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cljhrep04oQ

BTW thats my hand with a wrist watch pointing at Parish at the bottom of the picture...I've had a copy of that picture for years. my 15 minutes of fame...pretty sorry excuse for fame.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Jun 8, 2012 8:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home Before Daylight

"BTW thats my hand with a wrist watch pointing at Parish at the bottom of the picture..."

I'm calling BS, L.S. You are obviously pointing covetously at Bob's lavender polo---come clean, brother, the truth will set you free ;>

Judge TOOTMO

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jun 7, 2012 5:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home Before Daylight

I think it's pretty cool :)